|YAMAMOTO KYďSHIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kajű (?)
Existence: 1700 ~ 20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1764
Adoptive father: Yamamoto Hikogor˘
Son: Yamamoto Iwanoj˘
1700: born in ďsaka. He get married with the daughter of Yamamoto Hikogor˘, originally a ky˘gen actor who became a Kabuki actor. He is adopted by his father-in-law and receives the name of Yamamoto Hachiroemon. Later on, he takes the name of Yamamoto K˘shir˘.
11th lunar month of 1725: he becomes zamoto in ďsaka and takes the name of Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, producing at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1729: Ky˘shir˘ and his father Yamamoto Hikogor˘ go together to Edo; they play at the Moritaza in the drama "Higashiyama Ch˘seiden".
Fall 1730: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
Fall 1739: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1739: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.
Fall 1740: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1740: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Tachibana Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji"; his stage partners are Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. It includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and is produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.
12th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Yamato Ikioi Soga"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari) and Onoe Kikugor˘ I (the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘).
1st lunar month of 1742: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hayashi Dennai in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting]. The performance is a triumphant success and is extended up to the beginning of 7th lunar month of 1742.
Fall 1746: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo.
Fall 1751: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Ky˘to.
Fall 1752: Ky˘shir˘ goes back to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1752: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Wakanoura ďkura in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, ďtani Hirohachi I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ V and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1758: Ky˘shir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sakata Kintoki in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and the zamoto Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1759: Ky˘shir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, "Kurokichi Shitenn˘" section ("the big four with the excellent character written in black"), is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). The 3 others actors, who belong to this "big four" section, are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I and Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.
6th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobei and Issun Tokubei are played by Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I. The former actor suddenly falls ill and has to replaced by the latter.
Fall 1761: Ky˘shir˘ moves to Ky˘to.
3rd lunar month of 1763: Ky˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
Fall 1764: Ky˘shir˘ goes to Edo but he suddenly falls ill and dies the 20th of the 10th lunar month. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the J˘shinji temple in Edo in the district of Fukagawa.
Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I was a leading ďsaka actor, who achieved fame for himself from the end of the Ky˘h˘ era to the H˘reki era not only in Kamigata but also in Edo where he made several successful stays. He was able to play a wide range of male roles as a tachiyaku, jitsuaku, oyajigata (in his latter years) or aragotoshi. Bud˘goto roles in jidaimono dramas were his forte. His most notable performance was ďboshi Yuranosuke in "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He perfectly delivered his lines with great vocal projection.
Was there any Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II? The question is still open. In "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II was recorded as a Kamigata actor, who settled in Edo in Fall 1795 and performed at the Miyakoza from the 11th lunar month of 1795 to the 7th lunar month of 1797. We've checked in the 1797 Edo hy˘banki and we've found only an actor named Kataoka Ky˘shir˘, a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.
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